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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2009
I am a glass sculpture artist and not a jewelry artist but the piece that Becky created with my Cherry Blossoms lured me to explore Maedeup. The book not only is beautifully photographed with a history on this technique and Korea but the instructions and projects are easy to follow and create. This techinque brings such an elegant quality to a finished piece of jewelry that it has inspired my own work. The tools needed are simple and easy to find if not already in your toolbox and the Korean cording is available through Satincording with great service and fast shipping.

Becky deserves kudos for bringing this technique to the jewelry world in such a beautiful book of fantastic eye candy and projects.

Barbara
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2010
This book is good for beginner knotters (explained well) but do not expect to learn anything more than the basic knots. Lots of projects (jewelery) and some good recommendations on the tools and findings that work well with Korean cording projects. Gives you some good ideas but the projects are a little repetitive and use the same knots throughout. Friendly and amical content.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
This book not only presents clear and simplified instructions to create intricate Korean knot work, or maedeup, into stunning jewelry, but it also allows a glimpse into the artist's journey of learning the process and life in South Korea. Everything is beautifully presented with colorful pictures that incorporate several different lampwork artists' glass along with other unique and some traditional findings as well; while some of the other designs simply showcase the exquisite knot work. I would highly recommend this book for the new skill you can learn, but just as much for the gorgeous photography!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Global handicrafts hold a particular fascination for me. My husband and I had a Fair Trade Craft gallery for five years and tried our best to spread the powerful message of fair trade and the power of appreciation for the art and craft of other cultures. I have always loved to see the dialog that begins when a person from one culture is introduced to a craft from another and they begin to infuse it with their own unique vision. Becky Meverden moved to South Korea with her husband in 2007 and discovered the ancient art of knotting known as maedup (pronounced mae-doop.) She found a willing instructor and some partners in craft and together they studied this meticulous art form of intricate knots. Becky returned to the United States with a newly cultivated craft passion and beautiful photographs and stories to share.

Her new book Elegant Knotted Jewelry is a joy to behold. The reader feels as though they are transported to another country and immersed into an exotic art form. Becky has created an array of stunning projects that incorporate the knots she shares in detailed step by step pictures in the front of the book. She infuses this ancient craft with her own modern twists adding interesting materials and accents. I loved the seed beads she wove into the Beaded Garakji bracelet, what a novel touch! Using CRYSTALLIZED-Swarovski Elements columns gives the Faceted Crystal Columns necklace an upscale appeal. Her use of color is exceptional and the designs are all modern and appealing. The book is filled with wonderful color pictures that guide you through learning the knots and recreating Becky's beautiful designs.

If you're looking to expand your jewelry making or craft repertoire in new directions, this book will be a perfect addition to your library. Touch the 'art and soul' of South Korea through Becky's lovely photographs and stories and through her exploration of the ancient art of maedup. The language of craft is universal and these ancient art forms are rapidly disappearing. Kudos to Becky for her hours of patient practice and her willingness to share what she's learned with the rest of us. What a wonderful gift indeed.

Margot Potter
Author
The Impatient Beader Series, Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed and Beyond the Bead
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
Even if I had no intention of trying Maedeup, I would still love this book! The photos are great and Becky Meverden's background stories are entertaining. There is a great selection of creative jewelry designs, and easy to follow directions. A great addition to any jewelry designer's (or anyone's)library!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2011
The knots in this book are interesting but if you are an advanced knot enthusiast you will see a lot of the same knots but with a different method to tying them. If you are already into Asian knots then you may not find anything here that is new with the exception of the process. That said I still like the book. The pictures are well done and the explanations are easy to follow. A good book for a beginner but not as exciting for the "old Hand".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is not macrame! This is wonderful traditional Korean knots that make up into beautiful jewelery. Looks like quite a challenge, and Becky even says so. But she assures you that once you start you will get the hang of it and be smitten with the wonderful projects you can make.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2010
Becky Meverden brings to life the Art of the Korean Knot or Madeup Jewelry. The book has clear and understandable instructions presenting visual appeal with photography. This book has the possibility for Art Therapists, Professionals, and Instructors to incorporate into their grief therapy sessions. Some of the projects set to example would be of great use for camp activities designed for children. This is a unique book and I highly recommend this to any professional and or artisan. Thank you Becky for writing this book. I know your passion for this technique touches you. It touched me and I am grateful.
Elegant Knotted Jewelry: Techniques and Projects Using Maedeup
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2010
I have had my eye on this book for quite some time. I was not disappointed. When you open the book the author opens herself up, and you see her love of maedup and Korea. She gives you a brief history of the craft, which is not boring, (even for those that don't like history). She shows you the simple, yet necessary, tools and also explains how and when to use them.

Most of all, I was amazed at her photographs. Each knot is photographed, step-by-step, so there is no question on how to do the knot. All the knots are taught at the beginning of the book (there are 10 knots to learn) and the projects (30 projects) are toward the back. I like how it is seperated so you can easily find what you are looking for.

Each of her jewelry designs are simple, yet stunning. There is something for everyone. And you can even start to imagine your own designs as you look through the book. This is a definate addition to a crafters bookshelf.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2010
Lots of good information in this book. You learn everything from what supplies to use, how to tie basic knots to the more intricate knots. Specific projects are offered that can easily lead you to experiment on your own versions. The supplies used are easy to locate with a quick internet search. While you're searching, look for Becky Meverden's postings about her time in Korea where she learned this beautiful age old tradition. I'm so glad she was able to learn and share her knowledge with the rest of us. I'm unlikely to travel to Korea but through her and this book I feel like I've experienced a small glimpse into one of their beautiful artistic traditions.
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